Gift Cards Worth Over $5,000 Stolen From SF Youth Center – NBC Bay Area

A youth community center in San Francisco was robbed overnight as thieves stole more than $5,000 in gift cards, center officials said Wednesday.

Community Youth Center executive director Sarah Wan said with a key that the thieves broke into the center’s offices in San Francisco’s Richmond district. The incident was filmed.

“They used a key to break down this door and there was a safe that was here and then they actually took the safe,” she said. “I think they went in for about 10-15 minutes.”

According to Wan, the suspects stole around 100 gift cards worth over $5,000 among a few other electronic devices.

“It’s really heartbreaking when you think someone is actually going to steal or rob space or violate space, where we’re opening up for the community that’s supposed to be for safety,” she said.

Center management said the gift cards were for low-income and immigrant high school students to purchase back-to-school supplies, as a token of appreciation because the families had in fact volunteered for the center.

“It’s definitely very upsetting. That’s why we want to let people know that we’ve been victims of crime and we really want to raise awareness and I think that also pushes us to really work together as a community. added Wan.

Wan said students will get help even though it now comes from the Community Youth Center’s general fund.

NBC Bay Area contacted the San Francisco Police Department on Wednesday to see if they had any suspects, but did not hear back.

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